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Preds 2019-20 Schedule: Five Must-See Games

Contests Against Division Rivals, Subban's Return Highlight Nashville's Home Schedule

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Take out your planners - you have 82 new dates to add.

The schedule for the 2019-20 Nashville Predators season, presented by Fifth Third Bank, has been released, and as always, there are plenty of marquee matchups to highlight.

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Of course, any game throughout the campaign has the potential to go down as one of the greatest in franchise history. As Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette often says, we don't have a crystal ball to tell us when they will come along, but we've identified a few that - at least on paper - have the potential to be a classic.

Whether you're in the crowd at Bridgestone Arena or tuning in on Fox Sports Tennessee, make sure you have your seat for these five outings in the coming months.

Video: MIN@NSH: Forsberg beats Stalock on a breakaway

Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Minnesota:

It's pretty easy to select the Home Opener as one of the season's Top 5, but when it comes against a Central Division rival, the points are that much more important right from the first puck drop. Not only is this clash against the Wild the first game in Nashville on the season, it's the start to the entire journey, the first time in three seasons the Preds will begin the 82-game slate on home ice.

This night will mark the first chance to see the 2019-20 Preds in action, and while it's still too early to tell who will be on the Opening Night roster, chances are it will look noticeably different from the last time the Predators took the ice.

Monday, Nov. 25 vs. St. Louis:

The Predators will face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blues just two days earlier in St. Louis, and they'll kick off the week of Thanksgiving by hosting them in Nashville for the first time in 2019-20. Not only is the Nashville and St. Louis rivalry arguably one of the best in the conference, if not the League, tensions will only rise as the Preds measure themselves against the team every other club will want to knock off in the coming season.

Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. New Jersey:

It's safe to say a game between the Preds and Devils has never carried this much hype. P.K. Subban will return to Nashville with his new club, after the Predators dealt the defenseman to New Jersey at the 2019 NHL Draft. It's always an intriguing matchup when a player returns to the city he once called home, and with Subban in the spotlight, it's bound to be a memorable night in Smashville.

Saturday, Dec. 14 vs. Dallas:

The most anticipated game of the 2019-20 schedule is probably Nashville's matchup with Dallas at the Cotton Bowl for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and while this meeting a few weeks earlier will be played under a roof, there's still plenty of intrigue.

For one, it's the first meeting between the Preds and Stars since last April, when Dallas took the opening-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a 4-2 count. Couple that with the Winter Classic looming in the distance and both clubs will certainly want to ramp up the intensity for the Saturday night tilt.

Video: WPG@NSH: Johansen roofs beautiful backhander

Tuesday, March 24 vs. Winnipeg:

By this point in the season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will only be a few weeks away, and if previous seasons are any indication, a Preds and Jets matchup this late in the calendar could have postseason implications. No matter what the standings say in late March, the Predators and Jets have produced some wildly entertaining contests over the past few years, and at this point in the road, both clubs will likely be looking to tune up for their respective postseason runs.

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